So many cute and wiggly puppies, so many younger dogs with many years ahead of them. Why would anyone want to adopt a senior? Why would anyone take the chance of heartache that the loss of a dog can bring? When you ask that question to people who have adopted an older dog you will get many answers.  They wanted a dog that is quieter and doesn’t need as much exercise. Though that is not always the case!  They wanted a dog that is already housetrained and settled in who they are. They wanted to give a second chance to a dog whose life has not been good until they were taken into rescue. What happens when you adopt a senior dog? When you first take in your senior and see their joy in a car ride, a special treat, a warm, soft bed it is a humbling experience. Little did you know that the things that younger dogs have taken for granted are treasured by a senior. Each soft touch from you, each caring word, each welcome home is collected by these dogs, as precious to them as any bone. They will allow you to see the world with golden warmth as you remember the importance of patience and understanding and how to just sit and watch…a sunset…a bee…someone’s smile.  A senior dog gives us the opportunity to be our very best person. They do it without knowing, but with a nudge, a wag, a look, they allow us to face our fears of loss with dignity and compassion. Just like they do. And if we are lucky, they are with us for much longer than we could ever imagine. No matter what, we are blessed with the lessons that they have taught us.
One By One
One by one, they pass by my cage,too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play. 
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.
A little old man, arthritic and sore, it seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed, a place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail. 
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head, can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day, the younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,you saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age, and felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed, and shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low, you love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another, but you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give, to you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years, we will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave, I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new, my thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear, of the person who made my last days so dear.
*Leslie Whalen*
Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog
Senior dogs love to sleep and cuddle the day away. They enjoy a brisk daily walk, but the best part of the day is the nap. They love for you to join them.
Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give. When you rescue a senior dog, you have a best friend for life.
Senior dogs reward your care with an unwavering devotion. Nothing matches the love of a senior dog for his rescuer.
Senior dogs have learned many of life's lessons. They know, for example, that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing. 
Senior dogs know that great outdoors is for eliminating and the house is for relaxing. Your carpet will last longer with a senior dog.
Senior dogs can learn new tricks and be valuable family and community members. They make excellent therapy dogs.
Senior dogs often fit into your household with ease. They find the softest, warmest spot in the house and claim it for their own, but they will share with you, too.
Senior dogs make excellent companions for everyone, especially senior people.
Senior dogs are often the first to be killed in area shelters. Passed over for cute and cuddly puppies, they often do not have a chance and must go to make space for more puppies.
Adopting a senior dog saves a life!

Available for Adoption 
Hi, I'm Trey!  I have been with my foster mom and dad for some time now.   I guess that pretty soon I will be about 8 years old.  I keep hearing my foster mom and dad saying that they have fallen in love with me but really want me to find a forever home that can be all mine!  Like many rescue dogs, I have not had the easiest life.  Before coming to BDBH I spent a pretty long time in a shelter.  The reason I ended up staying there so long was because the people who worked there really cared for me and also wanted to help me find the perfect forever home.
So, if I could describe to you my perfect forever home it would be one where I am the top dog and where I will be loved unconditionally.  I like female dogs who are confident and in fact, I love to run around the back yard with my foster sisters.  I really do not care for male dogs.  My perfect home also does not have cats because while I don't live with any at my foster home I love to chase the squirrels in the back yard and my foster mom says its probably best if I don't live with kitties.  Also, my perfect home is one with just adults or with children who are at least 15 years old.  I can't tell my foster parents but they know that young children make me a little nervous and I prefer to not be around them.
Before I go any further let me also tell you some things that make me a really great guy!  I love to snuggle!  I really enjoy cuddling in bed in the morning and will give you all sorts of kisses.  I am a very playful, active guy, but also am really mellow.  I like to just hang out and play with a toy.  My foster mom and dad say I'm pretty funny to watch when I am playing with a toy, I like to roll around on my back and toss the toys in the air.  I also know my commands.  I know sit, down, wait and focus.  I also walk really well on a leash, and when I am told I will stay right at your heel, I will.  I don't love my crate, but will go in it when I have to.  Otherwise, I am a pretty good boy and can be trusted to be free in the house during the day while my foster mom and dad are at work.  I have to admit, that once in a while I can't help myself and will steal a fork or a cup from the sink and my foster mom laughs at me when she comes home.  I make them laugh also when I try to catch bugs outside...they say that I can be pretty goofy sometimes!   I would really do best with someone who will have rules and boundaries for me.  Well, I think that that is about it for now.  I really am a great guy and have a whole lot of love to give!

If you have any other questions about me, Trey, contact my foster mom and dad: Lindsay and Tim at: lheberg3@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped:  Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
I foster in the Rochester NY area, please contact my foster mom if you would like to meet me. 
Available for Adoption
Introducing Jana (pronounced ya-na).  Jana is an absolutely beautiful and amazingly sweet 7 year old Rottweiler.  She is a total love bug and just wants to hang out.  She is what we would consider to be a very low maintenance girl!  She loves other dogs and is actually starting to play with them a bit.  She also loves to chew on a bone from time to time and just nap!

Jana is a special needs girl because she has seizures.  She is now on a combination of two medications and since she started them she has not had any seizures!  Jana will need to remain her seizure medication for the rest of her life.  She has a very soft mouth and takes her pills every 12 hours.

For more information on Jana, please contact her foster mom and dad; Tim and Lindsay at: lheberg3@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
I am located in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster parents.
Available for Adoption
Meet Annie.  Annie is a very energetic 11 year old German Sheppard mix, who has the curiosity and enthusiasm of a much younger dog. Annie is a very bright girl and loves to please her family. Annie loves nothing more than to have attention and pets and will come seeking them often climbing into your lap for loving. She learns things very quickly and has already picked up several commands. Annie is fully crate trained and house trained and knows the following commands; sit, wait, leave it, crate and off. She is working on her leash manners and is coming along very nicely. She is a very sweet girl who loves to explore and run and should have a fenced
in yard the she can be in.

Annie would do best with older children

For more information on Annie please contact smercado14215@yahoo.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Buffalo, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster parents.